Ericsson has signed a five-year contract to supply broadcast services to TV news channel France 24.

The Sweden-based vendor said it will renew France 24’s playout management system and deploy new tools, such as control rooms and HD studios. 

The French broadcaster plans to switch to HD during the second half of the year, which requires a complete overhaul of its five studios and production systems during the months to come.

Ericsson said it will also provide round-the-clock operations support and integration of new broadcasting equipment.

Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

"The state-of-the-art production automation systems put in place by Ericsson will enable France 24 to optimize management of its control rooms and operations," said Thorsten Sauer, Head of Broadcast Services, Business Unit Global Services, Ericsson.

This is the third broadcast deal that the company has secured in recent months as it looks to carve a niche for itself in the media sector.

In November, for example, it won a deal to provide broadcast services to a new London TV channel, while in September it announced a similar deal with French Pay-TV channel Canal+ Overseas.

The same month, Ericsson unveiled new Managed Media Preparation and Managed Media Internet Delivery services for broadcasters that aim to overcome the challenges associated with delivering content to internet and mobile media devices.

Last July, Ericsson said it was making “a step change” to its business with a renewed focus on TV and broadcasting.

It has acquired Red Bee Media and Microsoft's internet TV division Mediaroom to back up its claim.

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